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Storms pound parts of city, some roads closed

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An evening downpour has overwhelmed the storm-drainage capacity in sections of southwest Winnipeg, stranding cars in flooded parking lots and flooding basements.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a rainstorm doused sections of Winnipeg, apparently hitting Tuxedo, southern River Heights and northwestern Fort Garry hard, among other areas.

Kenaston Boulevard has been closed north of Sterling Lyon Parkway due to flooding.

On Wilkes Avenue, parents attending a kindergarten-to-Grade 4 concert for Linden Christian School emerged from Grant Memorial Church to find their vehicles submerged in the parking lot.

"It proved to be a very dramatic ending to the concert," quipped school principal Rob Charach as tow-trucks pulled vehicles from the flooded parking lot.

"I think the system just got overwhelmed."

The City of Winnipeg has been asked to confirm the extent of the drainage problems. Twitter has erupted with images of flooded ditches, intersections, basements and at least one lawn.

A video posted on YouTube showed parts of the IKEA store on Sterling Lyon Parkway being flooded.

Neil Corrigan of Woodfield Bay in Charleswood said his street was completely flooded and impassable. The water was halfway up his lawn, he said. His basement was flooded, too.

"Sorry I sold my canoe," he quipped.

Gina Unger said her street in Tuxedo, Stanford Bay, is under water and one person is kayaking down it. She said there is a bit of water in her basement and some neighbours' basements.

She said she's running fans to dry the moisture, which is trickling in.

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Updated on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM CDT: Added information.

9:21 PM: Minor editing.

9:27 PM: Added another person.

9:35 PM: Added photo, video.

9:42 PM: Fixed embed.

9:48 PM: Added Bart's information.

9:53 PM: Photos added.

10:01 PM: Added areas flooded.

10:06 PM: Added bylines

10:11 PM: Added IKEA flooding.

10:28 PM: Added photo.

10:31 PM: Basement floods.

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